Home Maintenance Tips For Spring
With the spring thawing out the remnants of winter, this is a good time to show your home some love after the long winter months. We’ve provided you with a home maintenance checklist to help you identify an issue before it becomes a serious problem. Here are the top home maintenance tips for Spring for the building envelope.
1. ROOF CHECK
Studies have proven that it is five times less expensive to conduct regular roof inspections than to wait for a problem to appear. A visual inspection of your roof and related areas (drains, plumbing vents, skylights, ventilators…) can be carried out in order to identify and address any problems that appear or may potentially arise. Once evaluated, a proper course of action can be mapped out to help plan any future work that may be needed. It’s also a good idea to check your gutters to ensure there is not water back-up which can cause serious damage. Unpleasant surprises and the need to replace your roof urgently can be avoided by a proper evaluation and insightful planning.
2. CRACK CHECK
When you see a crack in your house, how do you know if it’s a serious crack that needs to be addressed? Do all cracks need to be addressed? It is not always easy to decipher which cracks are normal and which ones can cause serious damage. What every homeowner should know is that the important thing is you know where your cracks are (both in the interior and exterior of your home). It can be helpful to signal where these cracks appear and monitor them over time to see if they change. Typically, a crack that changes significantly should be addressed by a professional to reduce the structural damage to the building envelope.
3. WATER INFILTRATION
Water infiltration has the ability to seriously ruin your home. In fact, water infiltration is one of the biggest contributors to a home’s diminished integrity and essentially compromises its structure. But infiltration can sometimes go undetected causing mould and rot. Needless to say, your home’s exterior should be made impervious, to resist the elements and avoid all these problems.
4. MAINTENANCE, MAINTENANCE, MAINTENANCE
Maintenance plans are a preventive measure taken to avoid any surprises and prevent possible leaks. A proper maintenance involves a visual inspection of the roof and its components, clearing of any leaves or debris from the drain and/or eaves, re-sealing deteriorated caulking of metal flashing joints, and a written report complete with photos to track the progression and deterioration of the roof. Also, an energy efficiency inspection may help you identify problem areas that you never knew existed, such as hidden moisture issues behind walls and heat loss. Energy efficiency is a top trend for 2016 and may be an upgrade solution worth investigating. (For more information on trends see our Top Roofing 2016 Trends blog).